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You’ve heard how “RED WINE IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH” and how “RED WINE PROTECTS THE HEART” but is it really? There’s simply no scientific evidence to support these claims and if there were any, they would probably be so cryptic that it’s meaningless to the average joe. We all know that anything taken in moderation is likely the real key to it being good for your health than the wine itself.

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But these claims do not end there. Researchers have also found “a chemical in red wine helps fight cancer,” then more researchers founds that, “molecules called polyphenols found in red wine may promote longevity”. Has anyone questioned the methods these researchers used to conclude their findings before an intepretation gets released to the public. I’ve had my doubts but since neither my wife nor I drink socially or otherwise, what the experts say have little or no impact on us.

That is, until I came across the article From Sip to Slip in RDASIA June 2008 that confirmed my suspicion all along. Someone didn’t buy the findings of these research and discovered a flaw in the claims that have been hammered into our minds.

Do you know many people who have just a glass of wine? Don’t most of us tend to think that if a little is good then more must be better?

 In the article, the problem with the alcohol-is-good-for-you message was that it made it harder to control alcohol advertising or to warn people about its danger.

… the growing concensus is that you’re deluding yourself if you think a daily tipple of alcohol will make you live longer or stay healthier. It won’t. The best reason for drinking is because you enjoy alcohol.

“Alcohol consumption is strongly associated with fatal and non-fatal injuries, domestic violence, dependence, liver disease and depression … even in France, the picture isn’t as “rosé” as some would have you believe. The French have high road death rates to match their alcohol consumption levels. Research has found that in Burgundy and Bordeaux, which boast a low risk of heart disease, despite a high-fat diet, the total cost of alcohol use and abuse outweighed tobacco and illicit drug use in France in terms of loss of life, injury and road crashes, impact on the criminal justice system, illnesses and disease, treatment costs and the loss of productivity.” — RDASIA June 2008.

COFFEE. Ah, glorious coffee, my favourite beverage. In all likelihood, I think it’s safe to assume more people drink coffee than red wine. Again, researchers said, to my justification, “coffee is a top source of disease-fighting antioxidants in the US” and “coffee might soon be considered a health drink following a study showing it is surprisingly rich source of anti-cancer agents.”

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Also in RDASIA June 2008, it’s found that “daily consumption of caffeine increases blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes and may undermine patients’ efforts to control the disease. Using a tiny glucose (sugar) monitor embedded under the abdominal skin, researchers were able to track the real-time impact of caffeine intake on glucose levels. The study revealed that when subjects consumed caffeine, average daily glucose levels went up 8 per cent.”

Get this. “Caffeine also exaggerated the natural rise in blood glucose after meals, increasing levels by 9, 15 and 26 per cent after breakfast, lunch and dinner, respectively.” One study suggests that for diabetes sufferers one way to lower blood sugar is to simply to quit coffee or any other caffeinated beverages. But wouldn’t that cause withdrawals symptoms and they just suffer more?

WHO CAN YOU REALLY TRUST these days for reliable information?

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  1. lol i ask the same thing who can you trust? everyone seems to be throwing out their theories o whats good for you and whats not. i for one find while the advice is sometime helpful other times they just prove to be very confusing. in this world the same thing that cures you kills you, so who knows, life has too much complexities lurking around every bend. i will choose to discard these so called theories these so called scientist come up with. and thanks for the info about coffee, im not a diabetic, but i have started to make coffee a regular in ma daily life.


  2. Full page Nescafe Gold ad on The Straits Times yesterday … Naturally Good With Antioxidants. Wellness Never Tasted Better. … A cup of NESCAFE Gold (2g) naturally contains 340mg of Antioxidants (expressed in chlorogenic acid equivalents).

    I’m glad that we are serving Nescafe Gold to our visitors at our office!


  3. Thanks for the heads up. I’m the only one who has Nescafe Gold and usually no more than 5 mugs per day. In my business I have learnt to be wary of claims in ads and certainly the amount of antioxidant goodness is not something your average drinker would contest or have the means to challenge in a scientific yet meaningful way.

    Good that you’re putting this much antioxidant into your visitors. The caffeine perks them right up and best of all it’s completely legal.

    I once read a report out of the UK that it’s bad to put milk into tea. Now, I wonder if the same applies to coffee since many people have their coffee “white” although that also means non-dairy creamer instead of fresh milk.


  4. I become wary of studies like these. Sometimes companies that are producing such products are footing the bill for researches that conclude with favorable outcomes.

    And other studies done come right back and debunk those outcomes. Same with polls.

    Not a wine/alcohol or coffee drinker. I prefer tea.


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